It was a surprise decision for the Jersey Shore Area School District.
At a school board meeting Monday night, the board had been weighing whether to close one of two elementary schools but that vote ended a much different way.
The school district had felt that in a cost-saving effort, either Avis Elementary or Nippenose Elementary should be closed, but the board went with its third option, to keep both open at this time.
The room at Jersey Shore Area Middle School erupted in cheers as the school board narrowly voted 5 to 4 to keep both Avis Elementary and Nippenose Elementary open for the foreseeable future.
The vote came after a night of pleading from parents.
“Nippenose is not my school,” said one parent. “It's my son's school, Joe. It's my daughter`s school, Grace.”
In an effort to save money the district had given the board the option of closing either Avis Elementary or Nippenose Elementary.